An “Oldie but Goodie” – How the Shields Class Stays Happy and Healthy

How is it that the Shields Class can be so optimistic given recent setbacks and amidst the current global uncertainty? A short list of reasons can be summarized: Passion, Organizational Strength, Strong Communication, and holding steadfast to the Shield’s rigid one design class rules.

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Interview with Mike Wyatt, President of the American Model Yachting Association

The American Model Yachting Association was founded 50 years ago as an informal organization. Currently, membership stands at approximately 2,250 members and they sanction about 30 classes of radio controlled boats. Learn more about this fun, growing area of sport.

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The Art of Making Confident Tactical Decisions by Nic Baird

Professional sailing coach, Nic Baird, discusses the decision-making aspects of sailing and how confidence and uncertainties can impact your tactical decisions on the racecourse.

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WATCH NOW on The Starboard Portal: Important Topics for Cruising Sailors

Cruising education experts Chuck Hawley, Karen Prioleau, Bruce Brown, and Steve Colgate presented on “Important Topics for Cruising Sailors” on Tuesday, Sept. 29. Watch the playback now on The Starboard Portal!

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US Sailing’s One Design Central Launches New Fleet Finder 

As an important part of the ongoing development and content creation process for One Design Central, US Sailing has organized and published an interactive map comprised of one design fleet locations around the United States. With so many fleets representing various sailboats and sailing disciplines around the country, it is important for sailors be able to easily find a fleet to sail with.  

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Boat Transition Tips for Youth Sailors

Transitioning into a new boat class is always a bittersweet moment. Your journey to this point has likely been in a small, introductory boat such as the Opti or Sabot, and now there are many more boat classes to consider as your next step. You may be struggling to decide your next boat class, not to mention training partners, equipment, and coaching.

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Best Practices for Growing Your Class by Attracting Younger Sailors

The Lightning Class has supported youth sailing for many years. Every year we hold a Junior North American Championship. A Youth World Championship is held every other year. Many top sailors spent a lot of time racing Lightnings when they were young: Andy Horton, Jay and Jody Lutz, Greg and Matt Fisher, Jody Starck, Tim Healy, Brad Read, Ken Read, Betsy Alison, Dave Dellenbaugh and Ted Turner to name a few. Some class members thought this was not enough.

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Rules with Rocky: Understanding Leverage on the Racecourse

Hello, my name is Rocky the Rule-Following Fish! Although I live under the water, I love knowing everything about rules for boats on top of the water. My glasses help me see a lot from down here. Every month I will share new information about how to act when boats meet. The rules on the…Read More

WATCH THE REPLAY on The Starboard Portal – Increasing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Sport of Sailing

The panel discussed ways sailors and sailing organizations can implement strategies now to increase awareness and opportunities within their sailing organizations and programs for individuals from diverse backgrounds and people of color. The panelists provided practical guidance for conducting outreach in your local communities and best practices on fostering relationships with community leaders and influencers to help you achieve your diversity, equity and inclusion goals. Watch the replay!

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Fun is the Key

The lessons of the past are still relevant today! This article excerpt was originally published in the July/August 1996 edition of the American Sailor. With current anecdotal information showing that participation in sailing is in decline and people are making choices based on limited leisure time, we as sailors need to do everything we can…Read More